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RF Schematic & Block Diagram Symbol Stencils for Visio™ - v3

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RF Visio Stencils v3

New User: $35
Upgrade: $20*
Site License: $200**
* Upgrade price extended to anyone who purchased an earlier version. Contact me before ordering. Proof of purchase required (sometimes I can look up your order to verify for you). Previous version purchased under a different company affiliation does not qualify.
** Site License allows an unlimited number of users at one (1) location. Users must be officially affiliated with the site during the time of use. That means the license does not follow a user who permanently leaves the site (graduation, new employment, etc.). The license extends to persons whose primary job is normally performed at that location, but works occasionally from home or at a remote location. Hobbyists employed at the same location are welcome and encouraged to use the software. The single location restriction is imposed to limit distribution to local use for companies with multiple physical locations. This software may not be redistributed in any form, nor posted on the Internet or anywhere that it can be publicly accessed. The file(s) may be distributed on a server, via e-mail, etc., as needed.

Important: RF Stencils for Visio v3 has been verified to work in Visio 2002 through 2016. If your colors are not appearing properly, or if you receive security warnings from Visio, see the simple resolution instructions at the bottom of this page.

With more than 725 custom-built symbols, this has got to be the most comprehensive set of Visio Stencils available for RF, analog, and digital system and schematic drawings!   Intro price is just $40.

 

Every object has been built from scratch to fit proportionally on the provided A- and B-size drawing page templates (you can use your own page if preferred). Components are provided for equipment racks (EIA and ETSI) and test equipment, system block diagrams and conceptual drawings, and for schematics.

RF Stencils for Visio v3 Example Diagram - RF Cafe

Everything in the above example drawing is included in RF Stencils for Visio v3.

Includes 2011
ARRL Handbook Symbols!
Visio Circuit Schematic Symbols from the 2011 ARRL Handbook - RF Cafe

* The 2016 ARRL Handbook symbols appear to be identical to the 2011 set.

The Standard edition of Visio (~$210) does not include the extra set of engineering stencils that come with the Professional version (~$590). The few symbols included with Professional are pretty lame. Thanks to RF Stencils for Visio v3, you can own the cheaper Standard edition and still quickly create publication quality drawings in very little time. If you are already familiar with the basic features of Visio, there is no learning curve to suffer through.

Test equipment and racks are built at a 1:1 scale so that measurements can be made directly without needing to have a calculator handy. Page templates are provided with a preset scale (you can change it) for a good presentation that can mix all provided symbols. A look through the stencil sets below testifies to the claim of completeness. These symbols took literally hundreds of hours to create, so the minimal cost can easily be justified for time they will save you. Additionally, a consistent appearance will assure a premium quality presentation.

Here are screen captures of all the stencil sets provided with RF Stencils for Visio v3. Click on the thumbnails for large versions. Please check the NOTES section on this page for updates and instructions.

Recommended Usage

I recommend that you begin by using one of the included Page Template .vsd files for developing your diagram since they are scaled for a good presentation. Some basic information is on the page to help you get started.

I recommend creating a new folder titled "RF Stencils" inside the default "My Shapes" Visio stencils folder and then unzipping the files into it. Doing so allows the folder to appear along with the standard stencils when the stencil button is clicked on the toolbar. The default "My Shapes" folder is usually installed in the "My Documents" folder. So, for versions of Windows through Win10, the path looks like this:

C:\Documents and Settings\<your ID name>\My Documents\My Shapes\<RF Stencils>\

You can omit the "RF Stencils" subfolder and just dump all the stencil files directly into the "My Shapes" folder.

To access the stencils from within Visio, click on the Shapes icon on the toolbar (yellow folder with green stencil), and then click the "My Shapes" option. The menu will then show your RF stencils.

Please note that if you have a set of custom colors (aka 'Color Themes') selected in Visio, it will probably be necessary to turn that feature off in order for the stencils to appear properly.

END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA): This product is NOT Shareware, Freeware, or an Evaluation version. Its legal use is contingent upon purchase directly from RF Cafe, as no distributors are authorized. Unauthorized copying, alteration or distribution of this product is prohibited by law. Please visit the RF Cafe website to submit payment for this product. Simply put, if you are using this product in any way and have not paid for it, then you are a criminal.

Disclaimer: RF Stencils for Visio is offered AS IS. Your use of this product implies you alone accept responsibility for results obtained through its use, and will hold harmless Kirt Blattenberger, RF Cafe, and all associates for any losses incurred through its use. This product has been tested very thoroughly, and there are no known problems at the time of this release.


NOTES:

Basic Instructions

Every stencil set has a "Info - RF Stencils Visio v3.0" object that contains tips on Layers and how to edit Grouped objects without needing to first Ungroup them. This comes in handy for changing line, text, and/or background fill colors.

Page Templates

Standard A- and B-size drawing templates are provided that come with a Page Scale preset to play well with the supplied stencil objects. You may, of course, change the page scale to whatever is most convenient for you. If large changes are made, you might need to re-size text and line widths.

Switch pointer positioning instructions - RF CafeSwitches

The position selection pointer has its rotation axis set on the common "C" terminal so the pointer can easily be made to contact any of the switch positions.

Component Parameters

Rather than attach an electrical parameter set to each stencil, a separate generic stencil is provided that can be dropped onto shapes and modified as needed.

 

AC, DC, Signal Sources
AC, DC, Signal Sources (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
AC, DC, Signal Sources Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Amplifiers, Opamps
Amplifiers, Opamps (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Amplifier, Opamp Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Antennas, Towers
Antennas, Towers (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Antennas, Towers Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Attenuators, Terminations
Attenuators, Terminations (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Attenuators, Terminations Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Connectors
Connectors, Adapters (vs) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Special "Connector Kit" makes building in-series and between-series adapters simple.
Connectors, Adapters Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Converters, Mixers, Modulators, Detectors
Converters, Mixer, Modulators (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Converters, Mixer, Modulators Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Couplers, Hybrids, Samplers
Couplers, Samplers (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Couplers, Samplers Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Digital, Logic
Digital, Logic (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Digital, Logic Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Dividers, Combiners, Circulators, Isolators
Dividers, Circulators, Isolators (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Dividers, Circulators, Isolators Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
EIA Equipment Racks
Equipment Racks, EIA (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Special "Workbench Kit" makes building a workbench of any size easy.
Equipment Racks, EIA Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
ETSI (metric) Equipment Racks
Equipment Racks, ETSI (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Equipment Racks, ETSI Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Filters, Diplexers, Duplexers
Filters (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Filters Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Wireless Devices
Airplanes, Ships, Rockets, Trains, Wireless Devices (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Airplanes, Ships, Rockets, Trains, Wireless Devices Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Page Templates
Page Templates, A B Portriate Landscape (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
A- and B-size drawings with border and title block. Portrait and landscape layouts.
Page Templates, A B Portriate Landscape Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Resistors, Capacitors, inductors, Transformers, Lamps, Passives
Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Transformers (vs) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Resistors, Capacitors, Inductors, Transformers Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Semiconductors
Semiconductors (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Semiconductors Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Smith Chart
Smith Chart (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Smith Chart rights owned by the IEEE
Smith Chart Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Substrate Stacks
Substrate Stackups (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Substrate Stackups Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Switches
Switches (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Switches Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Test Equipment
Test Equipment (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Flanges for rack mounting and frames for bench top placements included. Instruments are generic and can be modified as needed.
Test Equipment Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Vacuum Tubes
Vacuum Tubes (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Vacuum Tubes Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Waveguide
Waveguide (vss) Visio Stencils - RF Cafe
Waveguide Visio Stencils - RF Cafe

Rather than clutter the stencil selection with essentially redundant components, a single version is provided, and the specification text, where applicable, is provided as a separate component. You can of course add your own text objects to the drawing, just as you can add any other type of Visio built-in objects.

Known Issues (all due to Visio settings that can be easily changed)

  • Colors not appearing properly?
    ** Make certain that the Color Themes are set to "None" **
  • Security warning?
    In Visio 2013 and newer, you will probably need to change the "File Block Settings" that have been added for security purposes. Please see the Microsoft support page for detailed instructions on File Block Settings (it's easy to do).
  • Per the book Microsoft Visio 2016 Step-by-Step: "Visio 2016 can open .vsd and .vdx files from Visio 2002 but cannot save in either of those formats."